THE news has just been published of the award to Madame Curie of the Nobel prize for chemistry. This great woman scientist thus enjoys the extraordinary distinction of having twice been honored with this prize, for in 1903 one· half the award in the section of physicS went to Pierre Curie and Madame Curie jointly, the other half being bestowed upon Prof. Becquerel. The material benefts conferred with the prize amount to the sum of $40,000, a gift which is not to be despised, although perhaps the principal value to the recipient lies in the great honor which attaches to this award, the list of the Nobel prize winners comprising, as it stands to-day, a perfect galaxy of the greatest genii in the scientific world of our time.